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Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake Refresh i5-9600K. The 9600K features 6 cores and will perform exceptionally well with all your gaming needs. Since it is overclockable and does not include a stock cooler, the Noctua NH-U12S has been added to the list. A cooler of this stature will allow a high overclock without overheating or becoming noisy.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Excellent AMD Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for Z390 chipsets for its enabled overclocking and to avoid potential BIOS update issues. The parametric filter also checks for 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

Memory

Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differ so feel free to add or remove capacity as needed.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2070 SUPER will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Apex Legends. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, this card will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

For streaming, the newly-updated NVENC encoding will offload the task to the GPU with a minimal performance hit using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while providing image quality similar to or better than x264 Fast quality.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox NR600. This case features a clean design and a large side window. It includes two USB3 ports, a mesh front panel for excellent airflow, and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Excellent Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 D ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: ATX; Chipset: Intel Z390; Memory Max: 64 GB - 1024 GB; SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable; SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 12; Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes

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Memory G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB; Heat Spreader: Yes

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Storage Intel 660p 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB; Type: SSD; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)

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kr949.00
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kr949.00
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Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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kr749.00
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kr749.00
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Video Card Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB MINI Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER; Cooling: 2 Fans, 3 Fans

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kr6576.00
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Case Cooler Master MasterBox NR600 (w/o ODD) ATX Mid Tower Case
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kr809.00
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kr878.00
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Power Supply Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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Base Total: kr15841.00
Shipping: kr138.00
Total: kr15979.00

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
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  • 2 months ago
  • 6 points

Sorry for my ignorance, i am just planning to build my first pc so I have little experience. Because I do a lot of compiling which is CPU-heavy, I thought about putting an 8-core CPU in this machine - is that possible with this motherboard and cooler and power supply? Thank you in advance.

  • 2 months ago
  • 15 points
  • First: Please don't apologize for not knowing, especially when you're humble enough to ask for help. It's a great thing when someone makes the decision to learn.
  • Second: If you're going for a workload that's more CPU-intensive tasks like compiling, a higher thread CPU would probably be the way to go. The intel offering for an 8 core CPU is the i7-9700 or i7-9700K. That "K" at the end of any intel CPU means this chip is unlocked for overclocking, though you'll still need a motherboard that supports overclocking. For a concise breakdown of intel CPU naming, I'd check out this page that intel provides to make sure that people know what the name means. If that hyperlink doesn't work, here's the site directly: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html.

I don't think you should be going for the Intel offering, though; AMD provides a better performing CPU in this price bracket when it comes to most productivity workloads. In this case, I'd recommend going for the 3700X, which performs worse than the 9700K by a margin of 5% to 10% in gaming, but often has a larger lead on it in productivity tasks (with the exception of something like photoshop, which tends to respond more to frequency than core/thread count). Also, the 9700K has 8 cores and 8 threads, but the 3700X has 8 cores and 16 threads. You, seeing as your compiling, would likely benefit more from the 3700X, unless you have some very specific workload that responds better to frequency. I would mention that recent AMD offerings are all unlocked to be overclocked, but that doesn't mean as much on this CPU as it doesn't seem to give much of a boost to performance when overclocked from what I've seen. Still, it's something to be kept in mind, as better cooling might net you some overclocking headroom on the chip.

If you do choose to go AMD, you'd need a different motherboard, one with the AM4 socket as opposed to the LGA1151 socket for the 9700K. If you want to keep the same motherboard price range as the one above, you'll end up getting a comparable feature set with something like the B450 Tomahawk. It only supports up to 64gb of ram as opposed to the max of 128gb on the Gigabyte Z390 board, but unless you actually intended to go above 64gb of ram, that shouldn't be a problem.

I could help you with a more detailed breakdown, but most other things in this build would stay the same. You might not need such a powerful graphics card if you don't plan to do much gaming -- meaning you can save some significant money there if you'd like -- and, if you keep the graphics card, you might want to have a slightly higher wattage power supply. Otherwise, the above build is pretty solid. You can change the case to something you find more visually appealing and/or cheaper if you'd like and, as long as it supports the size of the motherboard, you'll be fine. There are quite a few good build guides out there from reputable members of the PC enthusiast community (big names include Linus from Linus Tech Tips and Jay from JayzTwoCents) that will walk you through pretty much every step of putting it together, or, if you really don't trust yourself that much, you can hire someone to do it for you. Fair warning: if you choose to learn to build it yourself, you might soon find it more fun to build computers than to use them, a trap that I myself have fallen into.

  • 2 months ago
  • 13 points

Yeah, what he said.

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

Agreed. If you don't know, ask first. It is always worth asking a question and waiting for a reply if you don't know vs buying a component that won't work or putting something together and breaking it. Building a PC can be a HUGE challenge, but when your done and it is working right, wow is it worth it (for me at least.) This case will give a new builder plenty of room and a motherboard that size shouldn't cramp you. Like JaBlu3 said though, once you build your first one, you are going to think of like 10 things you would upgrade or do different on your next build and will almost immediately start planning your next one, lol.

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Would you mind helping me build a pc I don’t have that much knowledge I just want to get the best price

  • 1 month ago
  • -2 points

You definitely need to go with AMD instead of Intel for what you need to do. Just go with a Ryzen 3700x with x570 motherboard, the rest doesn't need to change, unless you want to go full AMD with a 5600xt GPU. x570 motherboard is preferred because only AMD has PCIE gen 4 right now allowing you to read/write and transfer files faster with compatible PCIE4 SSDs.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Linus recently dropped a video detailing that those speeds don't matter in basically most scenarios so don't bother with x570 and go for b450 which is cheaper and has everything you need

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Any case substitutes? Looks like the current one is mostly unavailable in Canada.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I’m looking to buy this for my first build just for Fortnite. How much FPS can I get at low settings? Can I change the ram to 3200 mhz and a different brand GTX 2070 super?

  • 19 days ago
  • 8 points

using this just for fortnite is like using a shotgun to kill a goldfish, fornite can run on an ipad.

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

But I’m trying to run 240fps consistent ingame

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

But remember you’ll need a 150+ hertz monitor to take full advantage of the PC.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

I already have a AW2518HF

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

Ultra at 1440p you can get 150+ FPS. Low will be extremely easy.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I can’t wait! Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

How much FPS will I get playing gta on ultra and low??

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Does this come with windows 10 on it or do I need to purchase that as well?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You will need to purchase Windows.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You could save $30 if you go with a 9600kf. Same processer just without the integrated gpu.

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

integrated gpu is a good fail safe to have

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Agreed. If you do go with the 9600KF, make sure you have a motherboard speaker attached to get post beeps and figure out any issues you may have with GPU. This sounds kinda dumb (possibly) but I just did a build in a VERY tight ITX case with a CPU with NO onboard graphics and couldn't get post. Plugged in my motherboard speaker, got post beeps for GPU error, realized that my 6 pin wasn't fully inserted and BAM, boot screen! It's a great fail-safe, especially for new builders without alot of experience (both speaker and onboard graphics)

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Also worth checking your local Micro Center, I was able to get the i5-9600K for $199.99 this weekend.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Good deal! Too bad my nearest Micro Center is 900 miles away :(

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

thats why you should live near one!!!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Is PC-Canada legit? is there scams there?

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

All of the retailers listed on our site are verified and legitimate.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, so is PC-UK, and PC-Austrailia, they are the same website, just adjusted for that regions currency and available/reputable retailers

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious if this could handle most AAA titles at ultra on a 49" CRG90 Or new Odyssey monitor or at least on half of it. or what to upgrade to get it close? consider me a newb at building but I am fairly good at comprehending most information. advice anyone?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It will definitely depend on the title. That monitor has a huge resolution and high refresh rate so ideally you'd be looking more at a 2080 Super or 2080Ti

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you consider adding a liquid cpu cooler that is about the same performance-wise as the noctua?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You can if you prefer to use a CLC instead.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there tutorials on how to put this stuff together? I have a laptop currently and have barely any knowledge on how to put a full on pc together

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Not this specific part list but we have a number of video guides to help: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXQpf5LtNl7dbmZlxlFIO_w

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Are all builds similar? Like I found a different build that’s cheaper but I still wouldn’t know what to do

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends what you want. And not all build are similar if you want a gaming build, better gpu, if not you probably want more threads in your cpu

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

yea gaming, but my current pc doesn't have a good enough cpu i think

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Figure out your BUDGET first, then what you WANT, then what you NEED, then research your options. YouTube is your friend. Use it to watch and forums like this to ask ANY question. https://www.tomshardware.com/ is another great resource for build questions, the community there is pretty great. Been building gaming rigs for myself and my friends for years, and before ANY build, I hit those three sites up. If you want more variety of things to watch and learn, Gamers Nexus and Linus Tech Tips can sometimes be helpful as well.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I don’t know that much about PCs so I was wondering if this would be a good intro build to pc gaming. He wants to spend about 1k USD. Thanks for your help!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great machine for a first timer but if he wants to stick closer to 1k I'd recommend looking at the Great Guides https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/sNwrxr/great-intel-gaming-build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

is a 550w psu enough for a 2070 super? the recommended psu is 650w

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The manufacturers estimate higher on the PSU because they do not know the rest of your components. Our site has the complete picture. Under max load this system will use less than 450w.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You should recommend the KF processor. Its cheaper by £25 (no onboard GPU) and better fit for a gaming PC.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Especially for first time builders (the largest chunk using these guides) having an IGP backup in case of issues with the build can be a life saver. While some of us have extra parts and graphics cards sitting around to swap in to the build, others will have to go out and buy new hardware or struggle to troubleshoot even minor issues.

If you are the former, then go for it and skip the IGP but for most users having that backup graphics is beneficial.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It’s a very good point indeed. But that £25 saving for the KF processor is worth mentioning I think.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

so I saw that a 2070 SUPER was too overkill for a i5 9600k, so I switched out for a nicer processor, would this work? or are there some issues with the build, and performance, I am planning on gaming Overwatch, Fortnite and Apex, and maybe other games like Splitgate Arena Warfare or Skyrim Special Edition, I also am going to be recording for youtube, and maybe streaming, I don't know about streaming though, here is the link : https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Megakittenninja/saved/#view=YYVcTW

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The 2070 Super is not too overkill for the CPU. In nearly all situations the GPU is going to be the limiting factor. For feedback on your build please make your own post on the forums.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I wanted to know if I could install an intel i7 or higher instead of the i5 that comes out on this pc?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Without issue.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi. This is going to be my first time building a PC and I came to this site, I really like the build here. What kind of monitor do you think I should buy with this build, and should I buy more than one?

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

At the very least you are looking at a 1080p144 monitor though you may want to look into 1440p144. Personally, I'd get one really nice monitor for gaming first and then you can add extra lower cost monitors later if you need them.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I see, thank you for the advice! I'll look for a nice one as soon a possible.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I have never built a computer before and I am wondering if this would run Steam VR well. I have never owned a desktop computer, so my gaming experiences haven't been the best. Just want to know if 16gb is enough memory and if the build is great for streaming simpler games such as Minecraft.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This build is more than powerful enough for the Valve index and is designed around being able to stream any game you play.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi I’m planning on building this in a few weeks. Will this be able to run games such as apex above 144fps while streaming and recording? And also will it be able to do so for the next 3-4 years? Edit: should I upgrade the cpu to an I7 too? Cause I’ll be streaming and recording ALOT. And if I did that would the i7 9700k work with the motherboard? https://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80684I79700KF-i7-9700KF-Processor-Unlocked/dp/B07MJXYX62/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=i7%2B9700k&qid=1581611232&sprefix=i7%2B&sr=8-3&th=1&psc=1 (I7 9700k linked here)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Streaming AND recording is always messy and generally requires a pretty hefty setup even beyond something like this guide depending on your configuration. You will likely be better off starting from the AMD version of this guide.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I meant either streaming or recording but thank you for replying. So would the AMD build be better for a first build or should I build this but have the I7 I mentioned in it instead?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any pc’s that can run 240fps for fortnite

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

I'm basing my build off of this with some minor tweaks, I'm using a Rosewill PRISM S500 case and the RGB fans that come with it require a mobo with 5v RGB headers. It seems the motherboard that comes with this (that I planned to use) will not work with the fans. Am I better off ditching the fans that come with the case and getting my own RGB fans that work with this mobo, or should switch out the motherboard? Thank you!!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Generally speaking, it is a better idea to pay a bit more for a motherboard that will have RGB headers

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any recommendations as to what would work well with this build, fit in that case and would have RGB headers? Or is there somewhere I can search through motherboards that easily state whether they have this feature? As you can tell I'm extremely new to building PCs (this is my first..)

Thanks for your help!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend taking this part list to the forums and asking for advice from the community on an RGB compatible motherboard. Unfortunately, we don't list filters for that header at this time.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

There is basically the same ASRock MOBO with Intel® Z390 chipset and RGB Headers: https://asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z390%20Phantom%20Gaming%204/index.asp

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey, just wondering if this has a USB-C port and if not how would I have to modify the build to get a USB-C port.

Just starting to dip my toe into PC gaming. Thanks guys!

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

You can see what ports it has by clicking the name of the product and checking the side bar after scrolling down.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can I swap out the case for a Corsair 200R ATX mid tower? OR another suggestion maybe. I like the front USB's a bit better. Thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you click "customize this part list" you can change anything you like and see if there are compatibility issues.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm using a 300r with nearly identical build to this with no issues whatever. I think the 200r and 300r are pretty close with internal space and features.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would this build be able to be upgraded and modified in the future? I’ve been playing on console for years and I’m just now starting to do research into pc streaming and gaming so I am a bit ignorant to all this but could someone help me out with this question

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely, that is part of the beauty of building your own machine. You can upgrade just about any component on its own or add more parts to the build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I’m literally three questions from buying this build. What WiFi adapter should I add before I purchase? I’m a first time noob so is there any rgb on this build? If there isn’t, is there anyway I can add rgb lights without changing it?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Recommending a 6 core NO HT processor for streaming is a terrible choice and should never be done. You will have serious fps problems both in the game and on your stream.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If you are streaming with an Nvidia GPU there is almost no performance hit on the CPU at all when using NVENC. Unless you have an incredibly powerful system or a dual system setup you really don't want to be using x264.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Im rather inexperienced when it comes to building a PC, I've done it once years ago with help from a friend so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Will this build be capable of playing Wolcen on ultra at a reasonable FPS? If not what would need to be changed to make it plausible, or if its more than capable what could I change to reduce the price to around $1k?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This system is well beyond the recommended specs for Wolcen and should have no issues playing the game.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Why the lack of an m.2 NVMe drive? An Intel 660p 512gb m.2 is $70 on Amazon meaning an addition of under $20 for significantly better performance due to sata limitations.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

NVME is nearly entirely pointless for a gaming/streaming build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The PS is borderline wattage expansion in case you decide to upgrade the CPU. Within 1-2 years the current CPU will be in need of uptick in the Coffelake family.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How many frames could I consistantly run on Rainbow six siege with this build?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

144fps+ easily

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Good idea, but I don't think that Intel is worth going for right now, especially when you can get a ryzen 5 3600 for $175. Plus, b450 motherboards can be picked up for much cheaper than $120. The remainder of the money saved could be spent on faster ram, an nvme m.2 ssd (instead of the ssd), and probably a better case.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I´m new at this so don´t mind my question, but would an i7 be better for gaming?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

In theory, yes, but you get much more performance upgrading the GPU first.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

hello don´t mind me also asking, but I saw this case that I really liked and was wondering if it would be able to fit everything. name of the case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case Thank you in advance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You can click "customize this part list" and change the case to see if there will be any compatibility issues.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to build my 1st pc for GTA 5. I need help deciding. I've got a 1200 dollar budget. So if anyone can help I'd really appreciate it

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There appears to be a compatability issue involving a "4-pin atx power connector". Is this a serious issue? Even if not, what could I change about the list to remedy that?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I plan on playing games like, Overwatch, apex, GTA V, and WoW. Would this be overkill for games like this or am i on the right track? I have considered getting a "Great Build" but figured the extra 100 dollars would be worth it if the parts are significantly better. Also would there be a specific monitor anyone would recommend for this build? PS: I am obviously super new to this and would need a helping hand actually putting this stuff together properly

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am kinda new to building a pc, but should i add aditional cooling or dont i need to do that?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Im new to the site.

I really like the above build.I will using for mainly VR. Secondly does anyone know if this graphics card has a USB C port for VR cable?

Can anyone give me a link to a good tutorial on how to build this rig?

I prefer a video.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, I am doing something very similar to this but my video card is not a mini, will the 550 watt psu still be enough?

I have this https://pcpartpicker.com/product/NxrYcf/msi-geforce-rtx-2070-super-8-gb-ventus-oc-video-card-rtx-2070-super-ventus-oc

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Mini only refers to the GPU length.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I've never put together a computer before, but I'm excited to try. Does this list include everything I need to put the computer together, get it running, and start playing games? Do I need to do anything involving the computer settings or such?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Has anyone tried this build for Red Dead Redemption 2?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Are there any existing videos of this being built? This will be my first build and I don’t want to mess it up.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Maybe

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How good does this pc runs most main stream games and is it good for streaming off of aswell? This would be my first pc build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi everyone,

Can anyone recommend a good monitor to go with this build? My budget for a monitor can be stretched up to around the £500 mark. I'll mostly use the PC for gaming and I don't think having a 4k capable monitor is a necessity for me. Very new to this world so any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend making a post on the monitors forum.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is this pc outdated or about to go out of date? Also how good is it for most mainstream games and streaming? Im looking to build my first pc and dont have alot to spend on a pc.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

This pc is not out of date.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Call this a dumb question, but how would you go about installing the operating system without a disc drive? and if it is a dumb question, I'm asking for a friend

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you google "Rufus.exe" it will pop up. Download the file from a reputable site and unzip it. No install necessary, just activate the file. It will search for the flash drive you are using, allow you to download the image that you want to use, and write it to the flash drive in a bootable fashion. All you have to do is set the bios to read the flash drive as the boot disk, and reboot.

Ouila! You're enslaved to Microsoft!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

so I would just have to install win10 to the flash drive? and move it over to the new pc?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The flash drive becomes, for all intents and purposes, the cd drive that would hold the files needed to install Windows 10. Since you don't have a cd drive, the flash drive takes its place. When you set the flash drive as the boot device in the bios, it becomes the first drive that the computer sees when you reboot. Since the drive has a bootable partition (thanks to Rufus), it begins the setup program for Windows 10.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I have changed parts in this list to make it cheaper and have the same performance if not at bit better i know it says it is an intel build but i think you should use ryzen I understand why you would have used Intel myself when I started designing mine it used and Intel cpu but then my friend explained the way ryzen cpu's were labeled and i have changed to using one in my system design now due to they are cheaper with better performance in the process of editing this build i realised that this could be the one i could use as it is around the same price as my ryzen build but with a significantly better graphics card paired with the same cpu as for why there is no 3rd party cpu cooler it is due to the fact that the stock cooler should do fine unless doing a decent amount of over clocking and if not you can always purchase a cooler after the fact if thermals aren't that good The parts list is here:https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Plasma_shot1337/saved/ (not sure if thats the correct link) the parts are:ryzen 7 2700x, msi b450 tomahawk max atx am4 motherboard, ram is unchanged, HP EX900 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive and left the hard drive the same, Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB OC Video Card, case unchanged, Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply Hopefully this helps you

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

dd

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully this is the correct place to ask. Will the ASRock Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard be compatible with the OLOy WarHawk RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory? The motherborad's page does not have DDR4-3000 listed in the memory speed column. This will be my first build attempt, and I apologize if that is a dumb question. Thanks!

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

First time builder here, thank you for the excellent guide! Just ordered the parts.

I want to add WiFi to my PC as there is no cable connection at home. What WiFi would be compatible with these parts that you would recommend ordering for high speed gaming?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Does this come with an operating system? Or do I have to buy and install that separately?

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 points

You would need to buy one separately.

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Everything with this build is great, except for the CPU. i5 9600k only has 6 cores and isn't that great for the $220 price. If you compare it to the ryzen 7 2700x, it makes the i5 look like ****. Because first of all, the Ryzen 7 2700x has 8 cores, 16 threads, and performs just 10 frames less than an i9 9900k. And which the i9 is about $550. The Ryzen processor is less than the i5 and the i9. It's only $180, and is the second best cpu currently on the market. i5 is trash. And the storage and memory you chose were also not that great. Digital Blue SSD's aren't that fast. The Seagate Barracuda compute HDD is also a very unstable crappy HDD. It sucks. The RAM you chose is fine, but I prefer getting your ram from TridentZ, or some other well-known brand. Your motherboard is a little too expensive. You don't need an expensive motherboard. You can still get really high frames with a cheaper $70 motherboard. Your cpu cooler is very overpriced. You get a cpu cooler for a mere $15. So thank you for listening, and good night.

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 points

We have an AMD variant to address the CPU issue. The rest of the parts you mentioned are constantly changing based on the best prices available.

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

ok then

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Im new to pc building so I dont know. Do you not need a case fan? I saw that as an option to add. Another question I have is, will this work for vr? Like does it have all the ports that vr would require.

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

You can always add them later if your temps aren't as low as you'd like to see. This machine will be excellent for VR

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

am i able to use wifi on this computer

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

You would need an adapter or to swap to a motherboard with wifi

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

New PC builder here, looking to play titles like PUBG, Rust, etc. I like this build a lot, especially it's price range.

Two questions: How much would I gain in terms of gaming performance in swapping the i5 with the i7, and at what point should a PC build incorporate liquid cooling?

Thanks in advance!

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this system run hot under heavy load like 4k gaming? Is cooling setup sufficient?

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi I am new to building PCs and I was wondering if this would require a WiFi chip to connect to WiFi remotely. I can’t use Ethernet. Also would you need a chip for Bluetooth? Thanks!

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

You will need to add an adapter or select a motherboard with wifi/BT built in.

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any suggestions for this at a reasonable price range and also what about Bluetooth? Do most WiFi adapters include Bluetooth? Thanks

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

I am trying to see what the difference is on AsRock X390 Pro4 vs Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Extreme? It seems the extreme has Thunderbolt capability while AsRock don't is this needed?

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi

I was wondering if there was a better alternative to the T-Force ram and the noctua cooler as I don't really like the color of them, I was looking at the Corsair Vengeance Ram and I was wondering if that would be any better or a cooler master cooler for around the same price ?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

So, I have a PC now that I would like to replace. Can I assume my SSD and Hard drive will be compatible with this motherboard. I know very little about what is compatible and what isn't on a pc. I bought my current pc premade and haven't felt the need to upgrade until now.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Would anyone be willing to look at my current build, it's on my profile, and tell me whether I should just upgrade certain parts or just build a new pc. Thanks in advance, I'm looking to spend around this price for a pc that I'm gonna use for streaming, and my current one is starting to struggle during stream.

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

What kind of resolutions / frame rates can this build pull? 1080p 120fps? 1440p 60fps? Also, I’m new to this and the SSD almost looks like something you’d see in a laptop(Team Group MS20 512GB). Does it fit properly on the motherboard?

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Question for your build, can it be upgraded easily or at least semi easily in the future? Also, I know nothing about building PC's and is my first time building one, so any tips would be extremely helpful!

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely, that is one of the biggest benefits of building your own machine.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys! First-timer here looking to build this PC.

I'm looking to stream games like League, Fortnite, and other popular games on Twitch. Do you guys think this is a good build for that?

Or could you recommend any better (maybe more value?) builds already on here? Thanks!

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this run a consistent 144 fps in fortnite, thats all im looking for, thanks!

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

will this run fortnite at 144fps?

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Without any issue.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Pairing a 6 threads cpu with a 2070 Super seems counter productive to me. Will it perform well in most current games? Yes. Will it perform well in 3 years once the 16 threads consoles hit the market and become the lowest common denominator? Probably not. Like the 7600k (4 threads) with current games the average fps will remain good but it will more than likely suffer from stuttering when games start to be developed with the next gen consoles in mind (8 cores and 16 threads). In 2020 I would advise against any cpu having less than 8 threads.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Get RAM with better CAS latency and timings, maybe some more case fans, be careful of cheap SSDs, try find out of it has a DRAM cache (I don't think this one does), get a cheaper power supply, you can find plenty which are cheaper, modular and have more wattage.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey I’m sorry I’m really clueless about PC building and specs I just have a couple things to ask but would this be able to run a game called bannerlord on high settings? Also I heard there was something you had to apply thermal paste to and I wouldn’t trust myself with that is there pre applied thermal paste options for the components? Last thing, the laptop I play on has a amda6 it says it on the laptop would I be able to sell that at all ?

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Oh no! the "no prices avalible" of doom!!!!!! Save us from covid-19!!!!

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Could you guys update this list and include a recommended cooler and case that has a price?

Also, what happened to the entry-level intel guide? It disappeared.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Entry level intel is still here: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/guide/XQscCJ/entry-level-intel-gaming-build

Both of those parts are still available if you click on the product pages.

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

I am a first time pc builder here and don’t really know the criteria to when it comes to picking cases for computers. I’ve been following this guide for a while now and I’ve just been waiting for the case to be in stock because it seems that this guide is strictly that specific case. Does it really matter which one I pick are they all roughly the same? Does anyone know a good and trustworthy substitute for the one listed here?

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

hey all, i was wondering about the performance of this build as a gaming computer, i have been playing games on my laptop for a few years now with low to decent performance so this wouldnt be my first gaming pc per say but i was wondering how this would do as a "first" (i also dont know much about the inner workings of computers)

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Hey all, I'm super new to the pc world but would like to build a decent gaming/streaming set up, is this a decent build, I've seen lots of comments saying theres certain things that are good and some that arent.

If someone's willing to walk this noob through it I would greatly appreciate it.

  • 23 hours ago
  • 1 point

New to building a PC:

If I wanted to change the GPU to an AMD one, do I need to change the motherboard as well? Thanks!

  • 50 minutes ago
  • 1 point

How well could this build run Six Seige? or CS:GO?

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

434w estimated wattage with a 550w psu? this i5 can pull upwards of 200w, clocked. - Maybe not. I was able to pull a stable 5.3ghz, stable, and these guys are only pushing 5.0ghz. if considering this build please also consider a larger power supply.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5-9600k-coffee-lake-cpu,5922-2.html

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

So what would I change in the list? I’m a noob and don’t know what to get but I do know that I would like to overclock

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Higher wattage PSU, hopefully from the same series recommended in the list. Also I read you will only be playing Fortnite? You definitely don't need a 2070 Super lol.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

hahaha yeah but I also want to future proof just incase I decide to play other intensive AAA games. Right now my goal is 240Hz Fortnite at Comp settings. This is my new list with an updated PSU and some other stuff. Can you check it and give me feedback? There's something in the notes about NVme2 taking up a spot and disabling SATA?

https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/bLP6q3

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! No complaints anywhere, good part picking. If anything, you're spending too little on the CPU cooler... a 9600K needs something more beefy than the mainstream 212 EVO. Look up for "BeQuiet Dark Rock" for example.

The warning refers to your motherboard circuit limitations: you won't be able to use all the SATA ports if you connect an M.2 Drive, but you wouldn't be doing that anyway. To see exactly which SATA port is disabled, check the manual ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

PSU.... Gold rated or higher. Those guys on that link were pulling 179w off their i5, non avx. TDP on that i5 is 95w. These guys show true power draw on psu's.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Can you check my updated version of this build? https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/bLP6q3

PSU better and is everything compatible? Should I change the motherboard due to compatible issues?

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm using a g2 750w, pushed my i5 to 5.3ghz and 3200 ram to 4133mt/s and had no issues with power draw, this was hours of benching prime95. If those guys were pushing 5.0ghz and drawing 179w, I was probably pushing upwards of 200w on my cpu alone. 850w gold psu will be plenty. Good luck.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you so much man!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

that's not how it works a 650w is fine for even a 9700k and 2080 build

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Hi there! Never built a PC and looking for something that will run 3D programs(Maya/Unity/Unreal) as well as something that can handle gaming. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

Wafflestacks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd make your own post in the create a part list for me section. Requirements for 3D editing/rendering are a bit different from gaming and you want to make sure all your bases are covered.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/27-create-a-part-list-for-me/

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What kind of games do you want to run? AAA titles? Will you be playing VR games?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, some AAA titles. No VR

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

this PC would eat up VR as well. VR is very intensive on a CPU and the high clock speeds make this an ideal build for VR.

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

If you're not working with 4k too often, swap out that 2070 for a 1070 or a used 1080ti and you can get an i7-8700k and an M.2 SSD instead of a SATA one.

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Hey I’m trying to build my first PC and I’m trying to milk as much out of my money as possible so if you could tell me what’s the best bang for my buck PC for 1140 out there. That would be great. Also one more thing I do want the RTX 2070 super but I am willing to be persuaded.

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Why 550w? With these specs you should have a 650-750w fully modular PSU... Why a 2tb HDD and a WD Blue .5tb SSD? Just add a 1tb QVO and an m.2... Why OLOy? Just add some Corsair Vengeance RGB bro smh… Why Noctua? Instead add an NZXT AIO or atleast make it Chromax… Why Intel? At this point in time and obviously for a long time, AMD will continue to absolutely destroy Intel in terms of price to performance. For the price of that i5 you could get a 3600x which has way more performance and is much cheaper...

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 points

It's got a 550w power supply because the power draw estimate is around 430w - 550w would be perfect for that. A 2tb HDD would have been used because it's a good reccomendation for everyone - this is a rough guideline for a build, not explicit instructions. A HDD instead of a SATA SSD probably was used because there's the m.2 boot drive and as such you'd use this for archival storage or massive games which you don't play often. Again, a rough guide. It uses a parametric filter for the smaller SSD boot drive, so right now it's using an m.2 as a reccomendation. However, a WD blue SSD is still a good boot drive and I wouldn't knock it.

It's an intel based build... it says in the title it's intel based... there's an AMD build too... While AMD may outperform Intel in many areas, Intel is still a good CPU maker and it all comes down to preference. While I personally would pick AMD for a lot of use cases, I would do the same with Intel too.

Essentially, just realise this is a quick reccomendation for people to start off with if they're new, and don't bash the parts list - if you were going to make a reccomendation, why not help the people in the comments here?

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

I am ******, suck an egg

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

?

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 points

lmfao

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  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

According to the Bottleneck Calculator, the 9600k is too weak for the 2070 Super video card. You can save money by downgrading the card to 1660 Super, or upgrade to a CPU that has 8 cores.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

That simply isn't true. I would not recommend using that tool.

  • 2 months ago
  • -1 points

Interesting. I just don't see the merit in spending so much money for a gaming rig unless your gaming professionally. Yes, this is an awesome PC. I've built rigs from scratch and rigs from used parts and never spent this kind of money on a rig. I could build 3 PCs with this money that could handle most games.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you read my post?

  • 2 months ago
  • -3 points

First of all the rtx 2070 super is way too overkill for the i5 9600k; either get a better cpu, or a cheaper gpu like the rx 5600xt or the rtx 2060 ko or something. Oh, and also, if you are not planning to get any overclocking done on this then you could switch to a ryzen 5 3600 or even a ryzen 7 3700 and it would match the gpu performance (P.S. that doesn't mean that the ryzen 5 is not good enough for the rtx 2070 but it's not the best)

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

The GPU is not overkill it all. In the vast majority of situations the GPU will still be the limiting factor when gaming.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Please keep feedback polite and constructive. We create guides for both AMD and Intel at similar pricepoints.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Please make your own post in the part list opinions wanted forum

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  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Please make your own post in the part list opinions wanted forum.

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